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the country, everyone is talking about the obamacare web site. no doubt that is a serious concern. the healt healthcare.gov web sis been, to put it bluntly, a debacle. ni don't know of a single member of congress, democrat or republican, who would say otherwise. the problems with obamacare go much deeper than faulty web site. sure, the administration would have the american people believe that the problems with this law are simply technical in nature and that once they bring in technical smert experts to fix b site, all will be right with the world. but let's not kid ourselves. the problems with becom obamacae fundamental and systemic. the administration may get the web site up and running in the next few weeks -- and they should -- but that won't fitch the health care law. -- but that won't fix the health care law. i'd like to turn to some of the problems of obamacare that have nothing to do with the web site. when he was trying to get the law passed president obama repeatedly promised americans, if you like your health care plan, you will you'll be able to keep it. this plan was central to
of these negative headlines, chaos to the obamacare rollout. the government shutdown, the debt crisis and yet, the dow is currently just shy of 15,700. all right, back to the hearing. >> here are some quotes from some of their recent letters. the situation we're in we would have to pay $170,000 in penalties under obamacare and the government picking the winners and losers, there's no wake be competitive if i have to raise my prices to cover $170,000. here are my options, do not pay the penalty. raise my prices go out of business. 8 a people lose their jobs. layoff 35 employees who don't have to pay the penalty and move more production to this country. reduce 35 jobs and here is a quote from the other, since their high labor low margin business cannot afford insurance, we're faced with closing our business perhaps through bankruptcy so there are heavy financial obligations that contain-- >> i want to go back to the stock market for a second. we're well above 15-7 for a moment there. we're in record territory. ed, real fast, this is about the federal reserve printing a ton of money in a weak ec
background checks will be required for those you hire to help americans navigate the obamacare website. >> i do not think that is true. through >> ok. has anyone in the white house or anyone else asking to delay approaching enrollment numbers in regards to the question at the beginning, -- >> no. remember, we said all along we would release our numbers. ,lass no one at the white house no one in the entire obama administration, has asked you not to release those numbers? >> we made the decision we would not release the numbers until mid-november. >> you have no idea what the >>bers are at this point? the numbers will be released in mid-november. class i will take that as you do not want to answer the question. ever argued to secretary sibelius or anyone at the white house or anyone else that the exchanges would not be ready october 1 and a delay would be wanted? >> i did not ever argued that we should delay the exchanges. september isted in that there were certain functions we would delay. those had to do with the automation of -- with the --nish language website >> before my time expires, i
the past several months to outline the problems that we're facing with the roll-out of the obamacare law, the problems that my constituents are facing and people all across the country. and while it's important to discuss the generic and macro effects of this -- this law and we see it unrolling before us every day, it's also important to understand what the direct effects are to people at a personal level. now, i traveled last week during our break time throughout indiana and talked to a number of people. many of them just came up to me voluntarily to tell me what the effect to them was over this confusing, complex and seemingly intractable from an understanding standpoint of obamacare. and so let me read just a couple -- for the record just a couple of the statements that were made to me. an e-mail that i received from daniel in h in elkhart, indianai think summarizes the experiences of literally hundreds of thousands of hoosiers and millions of americans as -- that they're having with the web site alone. he wrote -- and i quote -- "i have tried for three weeks to apply through the mark
" reported that if the online system for getting into obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. hhs says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken three and one half years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from the individual mandate? >> well, sir as you know the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have, made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question and my last second, estimated 16 million people in the individual market have or will receive cancellation notices, stating their health insurance coverage does not meet minimum coverage requirements of the affordable care act. the bill specifically grants, you, madam secretary the power to determine cite sear yaw for hardship exemption. will you provide all of these individuals a hardship exemption since the affordable care act is taking away their plan? will you do that. >> no
that if the online system for getting into obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. h.h.s. says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken 3 1/2 years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from an individual mandate? >> as you know the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question, an estimated 16 million people in the individual market have or will receive cancellation notices stating their health insurance coverage does not meet minimum coverage requirements of the affordable care act. the bill specifically grants you, madam secretary, the power to determine the criteria for hardship exemption. will you provide all of these individuals a hardship exemption since the affordable care act is taken away their plan. will you do that? >> no, sir. i think those numbers are far from accurate. 95% of a
the obamacare train wreck. americans remember a, quote, soothing assurance from president obama in 2009 when he was hawking his affordable care act to the masses. if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. now tell that to the hundreds of thousands of americans who already have received letters from health plans essentially telling them you are on your own, end of quote. as the failed rollout of obamacare continues, american families are beginning to see its disastrous impacts, and this is just the beginning. in the coming weeks more reports will reveal their president's signature health care law will increase premium rates, force employers to cut back on workers' hours, destroying jobs, and terminate existing policies for needy families. congress must address this issue. the house has acted. the senate must do the same to protect every american family from an unsustainable disaster. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does
's not applicable. perhaps we can talk about obamacare. always happy to have that discussion, once again. but again, this is a bipartisan bill. all we're trying to do is ensure if 80 years of settled law that has helped working families is about to be upset, then we better have proof it's going to help the people that it claims to help. the amendment from the gentleman from california would totally, totally eviscerate that. and so i urge opposition. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended, and on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. miller. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 9, further consideration of h.r. 2374 is postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house n recess for a period less than 15 minutes. what it does is to go on the record and show they disapprove the increase in the debt ceiling which they were unable to win a -- the showdown with president obama over in terms of extracting additional spending cuts, you
then speaker of the house nancy pelosi said this about obamacare. >> but we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy. >> now we're finding millions of americans could have their insurance dropped as a result. steve, want to p put you on pause in a moment. when we come back we'll talk about the politics. 10 any hoyer said yesterday the law should have been more precise. you wonder how many more democrats are falling into that way of thinking, but, steve, standby. there is sebelius in the room. martha has more. martha: shaking hand to say hello to everybody as she gets ready to go here. a lot of smiles and friendliness on way in. we'll she as she sits at table. the lead contractor on healthcare.gov, warned her, warned hhs, the holt and human services website was not ready to go. so what under after that is one of the big questions that we expect kathleen sebellius will get. chris stirewalt joins me right now. that is the big issue, what did you know and when did you know it and why didn't you delay? >> there is another overarching questio
the super high deductibles they've gotten, they're scared that under obamacare they have been sentenced to go from full-time work to part-time work, which means, as i've heard from some, that, gee, that means we've now had to go on public assistance because -- i never wanted welfare, didn't need welfare, until the so-called affordable care act forced us into it. so people are concerned all over america. the majority want obamacare gone. the website's not working. and then we find out that actually the website seems to be as concerned about getting people registered to vote and getting their invaluable voter nformation as they are about dealing with the crisis in american lives involving their health care and their health insurance. you got people with an alterior motive that are apparently not just signing up people from the goodness of their hearts, because demos makes clear in their own information, we're going to use this health benefit exchanges to register voters. well, now, who would they be registering to vote? because we're all in favor of people eligible to the unfinished busin
. especially given the fact that a plan on the obamacare exchanges will dramatically drive up his insurance costs from $400 a month to more than $700 a month with zero subsidies available. here's what he had to say. he said my wife and i are 54. we don't need maternity care, and we don't need obamacare. well, he's right to be upset. this is simply not in keeping
matters whether they be -- relate to dodd-frank and financial services, whether they relate to obamacare and its implementation or whether they relate to national security matters. all of those types of cases get heard in the d.c. circuit court. no other appellate court in the nation wields such fast through over hot-button issues ranging as i said from health care to environmental issues, the environmental protection agency and its activities which i know are important to the presiding officer as they are to me as well as gun rights and the war on terrorism. now, president obama argues that the d.c. circuit court needs three more judges in order to get its work done. but the facts simply don't bear that out. that's not true. for example, between 2005 and 2013, the d.c. circuit's total number of written decisions per active judge actually went down by 27%, the number of appeals filed with the court fell by 18%. so instead of having more work to do, it has less work to do than it did in 2005. as one commentator has observed, the d.c. circuit already has the lowest caseload in the nation a
have faced $170,000 in penalties under obamacare. this is another example of the government picking the winners and losers. we are the losers. there is no way i can be competitive if i have to raise my prices to cover 170 thousand dollars. here are my options -- do not pay the penalty, raise my prices and go out of business, 85 people go out -- loser., layoff 35 employees, move more production to this company, reduce 35 jobs. here is a quote from the other -- since they are high labor, no margin business cannot say to -- cannot afford to pay for insurance for our employees, we are faced with living our business through brinker at sea. there are heavy obligations that will continue whether we operate or not. firing of employees to get under 15 employees, even if we close the location, we cannot escape many expenses such as rental agreements. what am i supposed to tell these people? in the i think that employer market, 95% of all american businesses are exempt ,rom any kind of requirements cover employee insurance. there are outside the law. they continue to be outside the law, but th
out of california in how obamacare, the affordable care act, is working in our great state. people are phoning, people are going online, people are talking with insurance agencies, with health insurance companies. they're getting health care coverage, some for the very first time, many for the first time it's affordable. all good policies, good policies that will be there when they're needed. and, yes, we know a small percentage, as the president he addressed yesterday, are being told that their old policies are not going to be offered to them anymore. but all of those folks know they can get better policies. they can't be turned away. there will be competition for their business. many of them will get subsidies. so i think at the end of the day, this health care story, although quite bumpy, as we know the prescription drug launch was years ago, we know it's bumpy. and we're angry that it's bumpy, both sides of the aisle. but at the end of the day i think it's going to be good. i want to read to you some of the comments made by people sent in to covered california. that's coveredca
to the washington exemption from obamacare. i voted just now against cloture on the nomination and i will vote against the nomination itself later today because of these very, very serious matters. o.p.m., the office to which this nominee is nominated and which she would head, has issued an illegal rule that is very offensive, flies in the face of the obamacare statute language itself. and this nominee has pledged to continue to enforce that illegal rule and illegal policy. furthermore, o.p.m. has completely stonewalled members, including myself, my colleague, senator heller, others regarding how they came to that decision and, importantly, who they talk with, who they e-mailed with, who they met with in coming to that decision to create this illegal washington exemption. mr. president, let me back up a little bit and explain exactly what we're talking about. and, really, this story starts several years ago in the obamacare debate. during the original debate on the obamacare statute, several conservatives, including myself, pushed an amendment that said, every member of congress, all of our of
tried to sign up for obamacare, can't tell us how many americans did sign up for obamacare, they can't tell us what level of insurance they bought, nor can they tell us in what zip code they live. they've told us that 20 million americans have visited the obamacare web site. they've got the basic information to shop but how many have tried to sign up? how many did sign up? where do they live? what kind of insurance did they buy? not only have they not told us, madam president, they've done their best to keep us from finding out. with wicki leaks and aircraft snow den -- snowden spilling our beans every day, it's the biggest secret left in washington, d.c. the national security administration could learn some lessons from secretary sebelius. see wee shouldn't have to rely on anonymous sources to get basic information about what's happening with obamacare. therefore i'm introducing legislation today to require the administration to answer the following questions every week, how many people tried to sign up, how many people did sign up, what level of insurance did they buy, in what zip
's health care law, but their view today, "coverage cancellations belie obama's promise. obamacare is starting to resemble a patient bleeding from self-inflicted wound. a month after launches the online health exchanges where individuals are supposed to shop for insurance remain slow or unusable, except in the states that opted to run their own marketplaces and did a more competent job than the administration. states more competent than the administration. as if that weren't trouble enough, critics are justifiably mocking president obama for his repeated untrue promise that if people liked their health plans, they could keep them." wpps, the editorial in the "usa today" said, "whoops, hundreds of thousands of people are getting termination notices for plans that don't meet the strict new requirements of the affordable care act. presumably, not all those people disliked their plans. now we can't seem -- now he" -- the president -- "he can't seem to admit that he overpromised and oversimplified. he and his aides compound their credibility problem by sugges suggesting that people whos
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